British Snakes

Adaptive markings are quite common in nature and here in Britain one of our less well-known but more interesting species of snakes is the Uncommon Adder; mildly venomous but fairly docile, its most striking feature is the camouflage it has evolved in its natural environment – the ports and harbours along the British coast – to blend in with ropes. This allows the snake to feed on waterside rodents throughout the year whilst also enjoying the occasional candy floss or ice cream in the summer, all without causing alarm to tourists and locals alike.

Interestingly, it can take a trained eye to distinguish actual rope from the ropey serpent and it turns out that I don't have one as it's been brought to my attention this is just rope after all.

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  1. Drinking a wine, reading a story, staring at the rope lol… tryin to find the snake :)
    Very well done Mark.

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  2. Scrolling down my stream when I saw the name Mark Hooper – British snakes. I stopped, scrolled down and saw the rope! You just made me smile. Great capture and tones Mark!

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